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Community Bike Ride on Sunday

The weekend weather forecast sounds pretty good so far for the Arlington & Alexandria Community Bike Ride that begins on Sunday morning. The temperatures Sunday should range from the high 60s to the mid-80s, with a chance of an isolated thunderstorm during the day.

Community Bike Ride.jpg Click on Bike Ride logo for more information.

This is not a competitive event, and it sounds like a great chance to get to know what the two communities have to offer for bikers. There are two types of rides: One is a "family ride" loop of seven miles that will take you along some of the popular and pretty flat trails. The "community ride" is a 23-mile loop along streets as well as trails.

The early registration, which ends today, is $15 per adult and $30 per family. Here's a link to the online registration form at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association Web site. On Sunday, check in and registration starts at 7 a.m. At that point, the fees will be $20 per adult and $40 per family and it will be cash only. Children 13 and under can ride for free.

The community ride will start at 8 a.m. and the family ride at 8:30 a.m. Both begin at South 28th Street in Shirlington. Everyone must have a helmet.

There are many more details at this page on the WABA Web site, and Paul DeMaio of BikeArlington wrote a CommuterPageBlog entry about the event here.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 31, 2007; 10:41 AM ET
Categories:  Biking  
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This may be a dumb question, but why is this event so expensive? $15 or $20 for a bike ride? I don't understand...

Posted by: Brian | May 31, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Brian, I couldn't agree with you more. Chances are they are trying to raise money for a good cause but the steep $15 and $20 registration fee probably ends up detering alot of folks. Having donation boxes at the event would probably be a far better idea.

In Reston they have an annual dog walk every year. $20 to participate. Yes, $20 to be a part of an organized dog walk. Yes, its all in an effort to raise money for a good cause but I find a $20 registration fee to walk your dog around a neighborhood to be completely laughable.

Posted by: xyv1027 | May 31, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

There's usually a t-shirt and other swag thrown in.

Gas is $3 a gallon; milk, too. Welcome to 2007, fellas.

Posted by: Cheapskates | May 31, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

$15 and $30 is actually cheap! Putting on large events with permits, police assistance, insurance, food, water, portable toilets, etc. isn't free. Try signing up for a competitive bike or running race for that. Heck, the charity walks are even more! I say $15 isn't bad if its a well supported event, and knowing WABA's history of great rides like Bike DC it should be a lot of fun.

Posted by: just maybe | May 31, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Hi Brian -
I'm sorry you find the event expensive and I hope it doesn't discourage you from coming out on Sunday. We wish the price was lower. Better yet we wish that we could run the event and be able to raise money for a good cause too. However, putting on something like this cost a lot of money. If we reach our projections for participants, the registration fees will bring in less than 30% of the cost of putting on the event. Since most of our sponsors aren't providing cash but rather in kind stuff or services the cost of putting this on is coming from our Arlington County Commuter Services' Bike Arlington program and Alexandria's bike program. Neither of these local government programs have a large budget to begin with. We are just trying to recover some of the costs so we can make the ride possible. We hope folks understand this and will ride anyway. Hope to see you Sunday!
Chris Hamilton, Commuter Services Chief, Arlington County Transportation

Posted by: Chris Hamilton | May 31, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I had no idea events like that were so expensive to put together. Thanks for the responses.

Posted by: Brian | May 31, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"If we reach our projections for participants, the registration fees will bring in less than 30% of the cost of putting on the event"

That is a bald faced lie.

Posted by: da truf | June 1, 2007 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"That is a bald faced lie."


Not saying you're wrong, but how about backing up your statement...

Posted by: cb | June 1, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I did the community bike ride last year, and it is totally worth the $. The ride itself was well-organized, with both safety and fun taken into account. In addition, there were snacks and beverages along the way, live entertainment, bike raffles (tix were given to all participants--no extra money necessary), contests, activities for kids, etc.

Whether the organizers take a loss or make a killing, it's worth the price to participate.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 1, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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